Luke Butler

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Born 1971 in San Francisco, CA
MFA, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2008
BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY, 1993
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA


Solo Exhibitions

Overture, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

MMXVII, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Afterimage, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

In Color and Black and White, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sea Stories Between the Tides, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Two person show)

Alas, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco CA

Luke Butler, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Captain! Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

Invasion, 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions

We Are Here, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

Conversational Spirits II, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Conversational Spirits I, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
State of the Art 2020, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

With a Little Help From My Friends, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
More Than 700 Years, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Corinth Group, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA

Horizon Lines, Jessica Silverman at 288 Pacific, San Francisco, CA
Kinship, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Sky Above Clouds, Darrow Contemporary, Aspen, CO
Way Bay, The University of California, Berkeley Art Musuem, Berkeley, CA

The Times, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Resistance Training, curated by Glen Helfand, Mills College, Oakland, CA

AFTER POP LIFE, curated by Glen Helfand, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Fog A Mirror, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
White is the Warmest Color, Hedge Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Another, Once Again, Many Times More, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski, Exile, Berlin, Germany

Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Artists & Editions, The Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Up Against It, Munch Gallery, New York, NY

Mise-En-Scene, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
B-B-B-Bad, curated by Doug McClemont and Billy Miller, Anna Kustera, NY

Now WHAT? Norton Museum, Miami, FL
Orange County Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Lost Horizon, Exile, Berlin, Germany
Front and Center, curated by Jessica Brier, Vanessa Blaikie and Joey Piziali, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Chimera, curated by Matt Boyko, Gensler SF, San Francisco, CA

Back to Front, curated by Zoe Taleporos, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA
In Bloom, curated by Jaon Bryan, Five Points Arthouse, San Francisco, CA
Summer Reading, curated by Benjamin Tischer and Risa Needleman, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
Children of the Revolution, curated by Keith Boadwee, Federal Art Project, Los Angeles, CA
Curated By-Vienna 2009- Beginnings, Middles, and Ends”, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria
Sketchbook Show, curated by Luke Butler, Orange Alley Projects, San Francisco, CA
A Trip Down (False) Memory Lane, curated by Jessica Silverman, Lexington Club, San Francisco, CA

Capital Jewelers, curated by Glen Helfand, Dust gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Little Paper Cuts, curated by Erik Parra, Five Points Arthouse, San Francisco, CA
MINI MARKET, curated by Jessica Silverman, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Destination San Francisco, curated by Christina Empedocles and Kate Phillimore, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA
Ready To Pop, curated by Keith Boadwee, Blank Space Gallery, Oakland, CA
The Bathroom Show, curated by Luke Butler, Tricycle Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bay to Barley, a Show of San Francisco-Based Artists, curated by Adrianne Watson, Hastings College Art Gallery, Hastings, NE
The Rainbow Show, curated by Christina Empedocles and Alicia Escott, Café Royale, San Francisco, CA

Walls of Glory, curated by Luke Butler, Eagle Tavern Bathrooms, San Francisco, CA
DEATHCLASS with Kai Althoff and Jordan Kantor, CCA PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Group of 13, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Long Time Collective Plus One, M1 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Notebook Show, curated by Luke Butler, CCA PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The World is Yours, curated by Liz Jonckheer, Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, New York, NY
Optimism, curated by Gareth Spor, Hardware Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Faction, curated by CCA Curatorial Practice Graduate Students, CCA PLAySPACE
Making Space, curated by Matthew Searle, Crucible Steel Gallery @ Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
We Are Where We Are Not, curated by Jason Kalogiros, G-A-S-P, Brookline, MA
Us and Them, curated by Linda Geary, FAB Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Remnants II, curated by Matthew Searle, Crucible Steel Gallery @ Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

Draw-a-thon, Speakeasy Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ides of March, ABCNoRio, New York, NY
Restless Natives! Art of Native New Yorkers, curated by Justin Waldstein, Local Project, LIC, NY

Essenhigh and Steve Mumford, Matchless Bar, Brooklyn, NY

Bitter Dregs, curated by Lowell Pettit, Ten63 Gallery, LIC, NY

20 Drawing Show, curated by Julia Leonard, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fastfood, 323 Gallery, curated by Wendi Carlock, Brooklyn, NY

Magnolia Editions Print Show, Magnolia Editions Gallery, Oakland, CA

Magnolia Editions Print Show”, Magnolia Editions Gallery, Oakland, CA
Never Forget You Are Going To Die, video show, curated by Heidrun Holzfeind, 810 Broadway, New York, NY

xxx, video show curated by Peter Celli, Spanish Kitchen Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Central Industrial Supply Hardware Show, curated by Gene Pool, Central Industrial Supply Hardware Store, New York, NY
Crest Hardware Show, curated by Gene Pool, Crest Hardware Store, Brooklyn, NY

Whose Body Is It, Anyway? Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY
Page 10, show of artists’ books, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

Alumni Squared, LaGuardia H.S. Gallery, NYC
Guys and Dolls, curated by Tony Oursler, Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MA


Selected Bibliography

Howard, Ellie. “Luke Butler.” Elephant Magazine, Spring 2016
Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Artful Dodger: March into March’s Visual Art Happenings,” KQED Arts, March 1, 2016

Bryant, Eric. “Luke Butler,” Modern Painters, September 2014
Oliver, Retha. “Luke Butler at Charlie James Gallery,” Glasstire, July 2014
Knight, Christopher. “Luke Butler: Review – ‘the end’ is just beginning,” Los Angeles Times, June 2014

“Luke Butler: The Real McCoy,” Out Magazine, February 2011
Knight, Christopher. “Orange Country Biennial Review,” Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2011.
Austin, Tom. “What Now? Curating At Warp Speed for the Norton’s Art Basel Show,” Miami Herald, January 2, 2011

Landi, Ann. “Exhibitionists at the Art Fair,” ArtInfo, December 22, 2010
Haramis, Nick. “The 11 Most Original Artworks at NADA, Basel’s Most Original Art Fair,”BlackBook Magazine, December 6, 2010
“Luke Butler Goes Where No Artist Has Gone Before,” Southern California Public Radio Interview, October 26, 2010
Kolbeins, Graham. “Luke Butler,” Future Shipwreck, August 9, 2010

Helfand, Glen. Exhibition Review, Artforum, December, 2009
Sussman, Matt. “The Goldies,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, November, 2009
Beard, Dena. “Luke Butler,” Shotgun Review, October 4, 2009
Hanasik, Jason. “Luke Butler,” The New Gay, October 2, 2009
Berardini, Andrew. “Butler on Sutter,” ArtSlant, September 27, 2009
Gannon, Victoria. “Luke Butler,” The Rumpus, September 16, 2009
B. Vogel, Sabine. “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends,” Artforum, May 2009
Scheldmayer, Nina. “Vienna 09,” Art Magazine, May 18, 2009

Silverman, Jessica. “Luke Butler,” Whitehot Magazine, June 2008


Public collections

Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Norton Museum of Art, Miami, FL